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An equilibrium maintaining bowl to serve round fruits in

Image credit: https://www.kitchenwarehouse.com.au/Salisbury-Co-Grove-Fruit-Bowl-Large-42x5x11x5cm

Povilas S
Povilas S Nov 24, 2021
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A bowl with a bottom designed to keep the dish standing balanced, but not stable. The design of the bowl could range from the one shown in the header image to the one below.
The bowl is purposed for serving round/oval fruits in it. It would take some effort putting the fruits in for the bowl to stay balanced and likewise for taking the fruits out.
Why round fruits: round fruits make it easier to keep the balance of the bowl, when you take one out, some of the others might automatically roll to a different place and keep the bowl balanced, it's also easier to rearrange fruits manually in a specific order, for the same purpose, if they are round/oval.
Why do this: To gamify serving/eating of the fruits. Especially in a public ball/catering event people would be interested to see fruits served in such bowls. But even in a home setting, it would be cool to have one or a few of those.
There's also an underlying figurative meaning to this - eating healthy is about keeping the balance and including a substantial amount of fruits/veggies in your diet. Fruits are one of the healthiest things to eat. Fruits=nature=balance. It's a hint to ecocentric thinking.
This would also promote attention and vigilance before eating, you'd have a little meditative moment taking your fruit out of the bowl. And also attentiveness and care while preparing the food (putting fruits in the bowl).
To warn unfamiliar people about the nature of the bowl, the dish could have an upper part designed to hold a banner saying "Caution! Please keep the balance." or a similar one. Here's how it would look:

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jnikola2 years ago
I like the gamification and the idea behind the "balanced diet" message. The concept is a bit basic and thus, limited. Because of using it for round fruits, every small disbalance would lead to "spilling". Also, every taking/putting of the fruit would cause the same.
The first suggestion would be to make the base really heavy and thus, the bowl very balanced. Only the strong disbalance would cause spilling.
Another idea could be a gyroscope and a motor. If you have them, you would have a self-balancing bowl that could still send you messages on the force needed to balance the fruit inside, along with some motivational quotes.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
Juran As I mentioned in the reply to Darko Savic's comment, it's not that any small disbalance will cause a bowl to tip over (try this with your frying pan lid, you'll see what I'm aiming for :D). The fruits are not perfectly round balls, so it won't be like they will roll all over the bowl, round fruits simply make it easier to rearrange them to keep the balance of the bowl. Such bowls can obviously be made with different levels of sensitivity to maintaining balance, it all depends on how you design the bottom part of the bowl.
The concept is very simple, I agree, but that's not necessarily a con, that seems more like a pro to me, especially having in mind that I've never seen such bowls being used nor I was able to find those on the internet.
Using an automatic gyroscopic system to balance the bowl is a good idea, I was thinking to write about this. Both manual and a self-balancing version of the bowl could be made, just with the manual one you'd have to put some effort, care, and attention putting/taking the fruits out so that deepens the experience and the benefits/contemplation you get from it. Self-balancing bowls would be very cool to look at, though.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
I'm not sure I understand how the bowl is supposed to be balanced. Does it tip over if the fruit moves to the side?
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
Darko Savic Depends. You can design those with various sensitivity levels. It might tip over if there's only one fruit on the side, but not if there's another one on the other side. It will also depend on how far from the center you'll put the fruit.
I got this idea by using a frying pan lid turned upside down instead of a bowl to put peeled potatoes in:
If you have similar lids yourself, you can test how it works. It's pretty fun. If the bowl had a higher supporting "leg" like in the picture that I've modified (sorry, I'm not good with image editing software), it would be cooler, but then it might be difficult to keep the bowl in equilibrium.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
Povilas S a restaurant could serve portions on plates like that. To gamify it further there could be a rule - If the customer tips it over the price increases by 20% :)
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